Looking for a road trip planner with stops and the best tips to plan the perfect road trip? We’ve put together this step-by-step guide, loaded with tools, that’ll tell you everything you need to know when planning a road trip.
If you’re itching to get away, you don’t need to cash in those precious airline miles for a little adventure and exploration. The open road is calling your name! But before you jump in the car and hit the road, you’ll need to do a little planning and preparation first.
The first step is the fun one: selecting the route. To do so, decide what’s most important to you: distance, destination, or budget. Once you know this, you can begin researching and building out the rest of your plans.
When in the planning stage, Roadtrippers will be your best friend! Founded by two fellow wanderlusters, this web and mobile service provides a seemingly endless database of inspiration. Explore tested routes, or plan your own and discover the variety of interest points that can be found along your newly blazed trail.
From culture to campsites and nature to nightclubs, Roadtrippers will help you plan a trip tailored to your travel style. It’ll also help you budget by providing cost estimates for the gas require for the selected trip.
Make sure your route is broken down into doable driving segments both to and from your final destination. Your plan should also include a list of attractions you want to see along the way. The more you have on the list the better, but be prepared to skip a few. You never know what will happen on the open road. Being flexible is key.
Once you know where you’re going, you’ll need to decide where to stay.
If your road trip is all about the great outdoors and you plan on camping, visit recreation.gov to find and book campsites on your route.
Or, check out AirBnb for a more unique lodging selection.
You’ve heard it, you’ve probably said it, and we all know it’s true: “there’s an app for everything.” And as a matter of fact, there’s quite a few to aid in your road trip success. Here are the ones we suggest downloading before you go:
TripIt: Yeah, so this might be a shameless plug, but we can actually help! You’ve already selected and booked your lodging and attractions, so let us automagically create an itinerary for you. That way you can find all your plans in one place and you won’t have to dig through all your email to find times, locations, and confirmation numbers. TripIt will also automatically generate the best route between stops with turn by turn driving directions and Google Maps. It’s perfect if you’re looking for a road trip planner with stops.
Along The Way: Whether you’re in need of a bathroom, caffeine fix, retail therapy, or just about anything else, Along The Way can help you locate whatever you’re looking for without getting off track.
Gasbuddy: Unfortunately, you’ll have to frequent the gas stations on your road trip, which makes this app essential. Gasbuddy provides a crowd-sourced list of gas prices to help you find the best deal near you.
Opentable: You’re going to have to eat! With Opentable, you can decide on a restaurant around you based off of reviews and photos, then book a table right in the app. From there, you can forward your reservations to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Spotify: Every road trip needs good jams and lots of them! Although the free version of this service is awesome, it’ll definitely be worth your money to upgrade to premium for your road trip. For just $9.99 a month you have access to any song at anytime … even when you’re offline.
AAA: Although we suggest you check out your car before leaving, you never know what can happen out there on the road. With this app, you can contact roadside assistance and help them locate you. You can also discover AAA discount locations, Diamond-rated hotels, restaurants, and attractions.
Wi-Fi Finder: Whether you need to post to Facebook, Facetime mom, or email your boss, Wi-Fi Finder will help you stay connected by locating both free and paid Wi-Fi spots.
On your road trip you’re going to see some breathtaking sights and make some incredible memories, so documentation will be key.
If you’re into the visuals, snapping pics on your phone is a must. Step up your editing game with VSCO Cam; this will help your pictures come to life and look at least half as beautiful as in real life. Then your photo will be ready to share on Instagram. Also, don’t forget to tag your pictures with #TripItPic to share your travels and have a chance to be featured on our page.
For your videos, you can use Magisto to automatically create and edit amazing videos, complete with music and effects.
Evernote is yet another great documentation tool. Write down everything you love and learn along the way, and add photos to create the ultimate travel journal.
Any other road trip tips? Share them below! Happy travels!